3 Easy Ways to Use a Classroom LMS

networkingIf you were to ask a teacher if having a classroom learning management system is a good idea, most would likely think that it can be conducive to learning but still have reservations about it.

These reservations are not about the technology but instead are with regards the implementation process.

Managing a classroom LMS takes time, and when you have to plan lessons, grade papers, and help students in after-hours the prospect of a classroom based learning system is daunting.

Listen, if a full-blown LMS doesn’t seem doable then you should by no means force it as you will cause yourself more issues. However, it’s important to remember that not every situation calls for a completely built-out LMS.

You can instead opt to supplement your lessons using select functionality. Here are a few example scenarios:

Reading Comprehension Quiz

Most traditional classrooms have required reading, but measuring reading comprehension eats up valuable classroom time. So, instead of quizzing students during class hours you can create reading comprehension quizzes that have to be accessed in their off hours.

The quizzes can count towards their overall grade, or they can just be informal “checkpoints”. As the teacher you will have a better insight into what work is actually being done (and understood).

Assignment Submission

Taking time to collect assignments in class is unnecessary wasted time.

Requesting that students email assignments is messy. Using a classroom LMS like LearnDash you can simply request they upload their assignment and everything is managed for you, freeing up your class time for teaching (not collecting).

Group Project Collaboration

Sometimes there are projects that require students to be placed into groups. You can use your LMS to group these students together. You can grant them private forums to discuss their project, ask questions to you, and to share documents with on another.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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  1. Using “checkpoints”, badges and the like is obviously a good way of enhancing motivation. Generally it’s gamification and even purely symbolic (not 100 percent pure – there’s a design and drive to collect) reward works pretty well, not only in classrooms, but also in adult education.

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